Mattias Bäckman

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Mattias Bäckman
Mattias Bäckman.jpg
Born (1992-10-03) October 3, 1992 (age 22)
Linköping, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Linköpings HC
Grand Rapids Griffins
NHL Draft 145th overall, 2011
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2014–present

Mattias Jonas Bäckman (born October 3, 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Linköpings HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Bäckman was drafted 145th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Swedish Hockey League[edit]

During the 2008–09 season, Bäckman debuted in Sweden’s SuperElit junior league with the Linköpings' J20 club, appearing in a pair of games without registering a point.

During the 2009–10 season, Bäckman spent the majority of the season with Linköpings J20, recording four goals and assists in 33 games in the regular season before adding one goal in six games in the playoffs. Bäckman also played in 5 contests with the big club in the Elitserien without registering a point.

During the 2010–11 season, Bäckman appeared in six Elitserien games with Linköpings and two games on loan to First Division team Mjolby. Bäckman scored one goal and two assists for Mjolby. Bäckman recorded two goals and 18 assists in 27 games with Linkopings U20 team and added 2 assists in three playoff games.[1]

During the 2011–12 season, Bäckman skated in 42 games for Linköpings as a 19-year-old in his first professional season in Sweden's Elitserien. Bäckman recorded one goal and seven assists. Backman skated with Linkopings U20 team in six regular season games and was plus-two with one goal and one assist. Bäckman was with the U20 team during the run to the SuperElit finals after Linkopings' tenth-place men's team did not make the playoffs and was the team's second-leading scorer with two goals and six assists in six games.

During the 2012–13 Elitserien season, Bäckman appeared in 52 games in his second season with Linköpings, where he recorded two goals and 24 assists. Linköpings finished fifth in the Elitserien and lost to league champion Skelleftea in the playoff semifinals. Backman recorded two goals and assists in 10 playoff games. Bäckman played five games for Sweden in the European Trophy tournament with no points nor penalty minutes.[2]

During the 2013–14 season, Bäckman appeared in a career-high 54 games, where he recorded six goals and 15 assists during his third and final SEL season. During the playoffs, Bäckman helped Linköpings reach the semifinals, recording seven assists in 13 games.[3]


On May 21, 2013, Bäckman signed a three year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[4]

After Linköpings were eliminated from the playoffs, Bäckman was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and made his American Hockey League (AHL) debut on April 18, 2014, in a game against the Lake Erie Monsters.[5] During the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs, Bäckman recorded one goal and five assists in 10 playoff games.

Bäckman began the 2014–15 season with the Griffins. In 18 games he recorded four assists. On December 26, 2014, the Griffins reassigned Bäckman to Linköpings HC.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2012 Calgary

Bäckman represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge. Bäckman recorded one assist and four penalty minutes for fifth-place Sweden at the WJAC.

Bäckman represented Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a gold medal. In six games at the WJC, Bäckman recorded three assists.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Linköpings HC SEL 5 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Linköpings HC SEL 6 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Linköpings HC SEL 42 1 7 8 14
2012–13 Linköpings HC SEL 52 2 24 26 34 10 2 4 6 4
2013–14 Linköpings HC SHL 54 6 15 21 16 13 0 7 7 6
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0 10 1 5 6 2
SHL totals 159 9 46 55 70 10 2 4 6 4


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Sweden WJC 1st 6 0 3 3 4
Junior totals 6 0 3 3 4


  1. ^ "Linkoping HC's 2010-11 Roster". 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ Mattias Backman
  3. ^ "Wings in Waiting: Mattias Backman". Detroit Red Wings. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Another setback forces Helm off the ice". Detroit Red Wings. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Athanasiou, Backman and Janmark to Grand Rapids". Grand Rapids Griffins. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "McCollum to Griffins, Backman to Linkopings HC". Grand Rapids Griffins. December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 

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